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PSC Plus

PSC plus genericThe unit in the University who facilitates the day to day behind the scenes operations for the PSC.

The PSC plus comprises a range of topics aimed at giving depth in a particular skills area and bridges across to various employability sectors. There are several PSC plus programme strands to choose from including (term one) IT Skills, Communication, Consultancy, and (term two) Enterprise, Negotiation, Organisational Psychology and Teaching.

If you think of the PSC programme as being a letter 'T', the PSC Award provides the horizontal breadth across five or more skills areas, whereas the PSC Plus Award provides the vertical depth into a single skills area. The key difference between the foundational PSC Award and PSC Plus is that the Plus programmes comprise of interconnected workshops, designed to build your learning as you progress through the programme.

Embarking on a PSC Plus Award can benefit you in the following ways:

  • Create an opportunity to build on your PSC Award learning by specialising in an in-depth area
  • Challenge yourself to make links between the workshops and apply them to your studies, extra-curricular activities and future career aim
  • Encouraging you to become a life-long learner, keen to continually develop your skill-set
  • Provide evidence that you can commit to a programme, manage your time well and communicate your learning

Those who attend five or more of the plus workshops in a single category, and complete the assessment criteria (which will likely be a reflective essay or short presentation) will be eligible to receive the newly established PSC+award certificate which is also added to your HEAR degree transcript. Those currently working toward the foundational PSC Award are welcome to attend PSC+ workshops if the topic is of interest with their attendance counting toward the eitght stamps required for the foundational PSC award. The current plus workshops on offer are listed below with links to register. To find the dates and times of these workshops please visit the 'find a workshop' page  or view all CEED courses and book through PDMS (Personal Development Management System). Please also note, you can view and print your full University branded training record at any time through PDMS.


PSC Plus Communication

A series of connected lectures, discussions, case studies, film clips and practical sessions are all delivered in a professional and energised style to enhance your communication skills in business, study, socially and at home. An optional ‘take away’ task will be offered in support of the learning outcomes and a workbook will be provided.

Semester 1 Workshops:

  • PSC+ Communication - Understanding human behaviour behind communication: The predictable: 17 September 2020, 1645-1815
  • PSC+ Communication - Understanding human behaviour behind communication: The unique: 24 September 2020, 1715-1815
  • PSC+ Communication - Understanding human behaviour behind communication: Listening differently: 1 October 2020, 1715-1815
  • PSC+ Communication - Understanding human behaviour behind communication: Timing and influential language choice: 8 October 2020, 1715-1815
  • PSC+ Communication - Understanding human behaviour behind communication: Challenging conversations: 15 October 2020, 1715-1815
  • PSC+ Communication - Understanding human behaviour behind communication: Negotiation, teamwork and leadership: 29 October 2020, 1715-1815

Attendance

You must attend at least five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus stand is to submit a 1500 reflective report outlining how you have developed your communication skills through participation in the programme. You should include evidence of how you have been able to apply your learning.


PSC Plus Consultancy

This strand is provided by the Playfair Consultancy Group.

Semester 1 Workshops:

  • PSC+ Consultancy - CV & Cover Letter Review: 21 September 2020, 1600-1800
  • PSC+ Consultancy - Subconscious Bias: 28 September 2020, 1600-1700
  • PSC+ Consultancy - Introduction to Mental Math: 5 October 2020, 1600-1800
  • PSC+ Consultancy - Business Case Fundamentals: 19 October 2020, 1600-1800
  • PSC+ Consultancy - Agile Consulting with EY: 9 November 2020, 1600-1800
  • PSC+ IT Skills - IT Power-hour: Chart basics in Excel: 18 November 2020, 1400-1500

N.B. Please note, PSC+ Consultancy - Consulting in the New Normal - Panel Speaker Event has been cancelled for semester 1. As an alternate, PSC+ IT Skills - IT Power-hour: Chart basics in Excel can be completed as part of the PSC+ Consultancy.

Attendance

You must attend at least five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a short report (1500 words) on how you would take on a consultancy problem [please see the specific problem here: PSC+ Consultancy Assessment (PDF, 614 KB) ]. You should include reference to the sessions you've attended.

There is also an series of introductory workshops about Consultancy designed and run by students from the Playfair Consultancy Group which run in semester two. These can be used to count towards the foundational PSC Award. This 'Introduction to Consultancy' series can be found by searching 'Introduction to Consultancy' on the PDMS booking system.


PSC Plus IT Skills

Semester 1 Workshops:

  • PSC+ IT Skills - Your digital professional footprint: 7 October 2020, 1400-1500
  • PSC+ IT Skills - Apps for learning: 13 October 2020, 1400-1500
  • PSC+ IT Skills - Essential skills for web communication: 3 November 2020, 1300-1400
  • PSC+ IT Skills - IT Power-hour: style formatting in Word: 4 November 2020, 1400-1500
  • PSC+ IT Skills - IT Power-hour: Infographics in PowerPoint: 11 November 2020, 1400-1500
  • PSC+ IT Skills - IT Power-hour: Chart basics in Excel: 18 November 2020, 1400-1500
  • PSC+ IT Skills - Information overload: 25 November 2020, 1400-1500
  • All completed Microsoft Office Specialist exams (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) also count for a PSC+ IT Skills stamp 

Attendance

You must attend at least five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a 1500 reflective report outlining how you have developed your IT skills through participation in the programme. You should include evidence of changes you have made e.g. appendix of apps you now use; screenshot of infographics or charts you've created; professionalisation of social media etc.


PSC Plus Investment Banking

Programme objectives:

  • To equip the GIG society with professional skills and connections to university resources to help them in their current & future roles.
  • To prepare society members for talking about their GIG and other professional skills development experience in job applications and at interviews and providing a certificate and a LinkedIn badge to show the professional experience students are gaining through GIG and the PSC+ programme.
  • To allow all society members to develop a set of professional skills throughout the academic year, counting towards the PSC+ Award in Investment Banking.

Semester 1 Workshops:

  • PSC+ Investment Banking - Overview of Opportunities in the Banking Industry​: 7 October 2020, 1700-1830
  • PSC+ Investment Banking - CV Tailoring & Interview Skills​: 12 October 2020, 1700-1830
  • PSC+ Investment Banking - Teamworking: 20 October 2020, 1700-1830
  • PSC+ Investment Banking - Excel 1​- Basics (Introduction to Excel Formulae and Functions): 19 November 2020, 1700-1830 or (IT Power-hour): Chart basics in Excel: 18 November 2020, 1400-1500

Semester 2 Workshops:

Attendance

You must attend at least five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

You must:

  • Participate in at least 5 out of the 9 sessions - This must include at least one 'Excel' session and one 'Financial Valuation' session.
  • Submit one of the following practical elements (choose from the options below):
  • Write a 1500-word reflective report outlining how you have developed your investment banking skills through participation in GIG and the PSC+ Investment Banking programme. You should include evidence of how you have been able to apply your learning.
  • Prepare a stock pitch using 5-7 PowerPoint slides. In it, you should use your PowerPoint, Excel and Financial Valuation skills. In addition, include a 500-word essay explaining how you applied what you learned through the PSC+ to create this presentation.

PSC Plus Enterprise

Semester 2 Workshops:

  • PSC+ Enterprise - Changing the world: One idea at a time: 5 February 2021, 1300-1400
  • PSC+ Enterprise - Changing the world: Have you got what it takes?: 12 February 2021, 1300-1400
  • PSC+ Enterprise - Changing the world: Do it or ditch it: 19 February 2021, 1300-1400
  • PSC+ Enterprise - Enterprising - me?!: 26 February 2021, 1300-1400
  • PSC+ Enterprise - Enterprise showcase: 9 April 2021, 1300-1400

Attendance

You must attend at least five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand will be a short presentation demonstrating how you have implemeted enterprise skills across the semester. You can learn more about the programme and assesment criteria via PSC Plus Enterprise Assessment (PDF, 442 KB).


PSC Plus Negotiation

Semester 2 Workshops:

  • PSC+ Negotiation - Communication: 5th March 2021, 1600-1730
  • PSC+ Negotiation - Mediation 1: 10th March 2021, 1600-1730
  • PSC+ Negotiation - Mediation 2: 17th March 2021, 1600-1730
  • PSC+ Negotiation - Negotiation 1: TBC
  • PSC+ Negotiation - Negotiation 2: TBC
  • PSC+ Negotiation - Negotiation 3: TBC

Attendance

You must attend at least five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a poster outlining how you have developed your negotiation skills through participation in the programme. You should include evidence of how you have been able to apply your learning. Selected posters will be displayed at a future conference in mediation and negotiation. You can find some design tips here: PSC plus negotiation poster design tips (PDF, 1,088 KB)


PSC Plus Organisational Psychology

PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Briefing Session: Wednesday 3 February 2021, 17.00 to 18.00

This PSC Plus strand is based on 5 areas of Organisational Psychology, as outlined by the British Psychological Society.

Semester 2 Workshops:

 The 5 areas and corresponding workshops are as follows:

  1. Work design, organisational change and development - PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Managing change: 9 February 2021, 1715-1815
  2. Leadership, motivation and engagement - PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Leadership Academy: 20 February 2021, 1100-1300 or Managing a Team online workshop on PSC Moodle page
  3. Psychological assessment - PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Psychometric Assessment: 4 March 2021, 1715-1845
  4. Learning, training and development - PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Career choice and decision making: 18 February 2021, 1700-1800 or PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Understanding your personality in the workplace: 16 March 2021, 1300-1400
  5. Wellbeing at work - PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Developing Wellbeing for the Workplace: 19 March 2021, 1715-1815 (Recording not currently available - Slides can be accessed here: PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Developing wellbeing for the workplace (PowerPoint, 7,553 KB))

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In addition, there are three optional case study tutorials. Attendance at these is not mandatory and will not affect the outcome of your award. The case studies will relate to a real life Organisational Psychology project at the University, and will require some pre-reading. Dates are shown below.

  • PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Case study 1: 23 February 2021, 1300-1400
  • PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Case study 2: 6 April 2021, 1300-1400
  • PSC+ Organisational Psychology - Case study 3: 20 April 2021, 1300-1400

Attendance

You must attend at least five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

As with other PSC strands, you will be required to attend a number of workshops (one for each of the 5 areas) and also complete one of a choice of projects. Depending on which project you select, on completion you will be required to create either a project plan, a presentation slide deck with presenter notes (10 minutes), a report (1500 words) or a set of draft interview/survey questions. The choice of projects can be found here: PSC Plus Org Psych assignment (PDF, 608 KB)


PSC Plus Resilience

This new strand of CEED’s Professional Skills Curriculum Plus programme- created in response the new and unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic – will focus on resilience and adapting to change. Foregrounding professional, as well as personal growth, this series of 5 workshops will explore how we can harness such challenges by developing a resilient mindset. The sessions will help participants understand their own competencies using self-awareness, equip them with the skills to collaborate with others during adversity, and empower them to think of resistance as a key opportunity for innovation.

These sessions will be of particular benefit to those with an interest in enterprise and in developing an enterprising mindset.

Semester 2 Workshops:

Attendance

You must attend all five sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a 1500 reflective report outlining how you have developed a resilient mindset through participation in the programme. 

As it is a reflective report, you should write in the first person. For example “I have learned…”, “It made me think about…”, “I have found I am…”, “I feel…”, “It made me realise…”.  

In your report, you should:  

1. Use the Johari Window tool to create an image/graphic/table that demonstrates your personal Johari Window.  

2. Keeping in mind all the areas from your Johari Window, use the concept of ‘Internal self-awareness’ to select one strength area and one challenge area that you would like to work on/or you have worked on through the process of doing this PSC+ strand. 

3. Keeping in mind all the areas from your Johari Window, use the concept of ‘external self-awareness’ to talk about one strength area and one challenge area that someone else has identified in you. You can approach a peer, teammate, a supervisor, tutor, mentor, manager or someone else who has known you in a professional and/or educational capacity. This person must be someone you can trust to give you objective but constructive feedback. Please comment on who you approached and why you chose this person. 

4. A critical evaluation of how this PSC strand has helped you/will help you work on the 2 strengths and 2 challenge areas that you uncovered using the analysis outlined above. You can structure this evaluation using questions such as: Did you encounter any setbacks/ challenges/ difficult feelings, and how did you deal with these? How useful was this process of self-awareness? How did you feel about the process of asking someone else to comment on your strengths and weaknesses? Were you surprised by any of the insights? 

5. Finally, please provide a concrete example of how you have used or how you plan to use resilience in your professional and/or personal development. Also briefly reflect on how this PSC has contributed to your employability. You can do this by considering how your personal development has influenced your thoughts about your career path, or how your experience of using self-awareness and resilience has enhanced your employability.


PSC Plus Teaching

Semester 2 Workshops:

  • PSC+ Teaching - The mechanics of learning: 8 February 2021, 1715-1800
  • PSC+ Teaching - Designing a tutorial: 10 February 2021, 1500-1700
  • PSC+ Teaching - Working with school pupils (primary): 20 February 2021, 1000-1200 or PSC+ Teaching - Working with school pupils (secondary): 6 February 2021, 1000-1345
  • PSC+ Teaching - Diversity and inclusion in teaching: 9 March 2021, 1715-1815
  • Developing others online workshop on PSC Moodle page

Attendance

You must attend all five of the sessions and these can be the live sessions or the recorded sessions. The PSC+ programme and live sessions should be booked individually via the PDMS booking system. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a lesson plan, with an explanation of your design, for one of the following scenarios:

Design a lesson plan for developing a large group (150) of S6 pupils in leadership skills for a day

Or design a lesson plan to teach a medium group (20-30) of S4 pupils study skills for a half day

Or design a lesson plan to teach a small group (6-10) of University students time management skills for a three hour session


Contact

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Phone: (01334) 46 2688
Email: PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk

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